This week’s first official “detainer” report by Immigration and Customs Enforcement included a list of 118 self-declared immigrant sanctuary cities. President Trump has threatened to strip federal funding from the localities, but the consequences for those on the list are a mystery.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer cites the rape of a high school student in Rockville, a suburb of Washington, D.C., allegedly by two undocumented immigrants, as a reason for local officials to re-examine their policies.
The President is creating an office to help victims of crime by immigrants, but James Lynch, president of the American Society of Criminology, says immigrants “have lower incidences of crime compared to the public at large. The immigrant population does nothing but good — they pay taxes, they do the work. It is pretty clear that immigrants are a positive force and a very low production of crime on their part.”
Agents said a “targeted immigration enforcement action” in Jackson, Ms., nabbed Daniela Vargas, 22, after she spoke of her fear of deportation. She was in President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the “Dreamers.”
Scores of cities have declared that they will not participate in enforcement of immigration policies espoused by President-elect Trump. They include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver and Seattle, among many others.